2016 Guide To Fall Leaf Season In Asheville North Carolina

Leaf Season in Asheville North Carolina during the Fall Season

It’s that time of the year again, Fall 2016 Leaf Season in Asheville North Carolina. This is the time of the year when the local can sit back, take a deep breath, and reflect on the year while surrounded by colorful beauty. Then many visitors from out of town arrive to gaze upon and digest the majesty of the Western North Carolina mountains. Now there are several places across the USA where you can experience Leaf Season, but the Asheville area is a favorite for many due to all of the plentiful amenities that come along with it. Here is a little guide post to get you around town:

Where To See The Leaves

  1. The Blue Ridge Parkway
  2. NC Aboretum
  3. See 10 Waterfalls To Visit Near Asheville NC
  4. See 6 Amazing Outdoor Spots In The Asheville Area
  5. See 25 Best Places To See Fall Foliage In The Blue Ridge Mountains
  6. See Fall Color Forecast 2016 – Long Leaf Season Ahead

Where To Eat

  1. Select Dining – CurateLimonesChiesa, The Admiral, Fig Bistro, Posana
  2. Barbecue – Luella’s, Buxton Hall, 12 Bones
  3. Dessert – The Hop Ice Cream, French Broad Chocolate Lounge, Vortex Doughnuts
  4. Asheville Restaurants on AskAsheville
  5. Asheville Restaurants on AIR
  6. Asheville Restaurants on ExploreAsheville

Where To Drink Beer

  1. Barley’s Taproom
  2. Bhramari Brewhouse
  3. Wicked Weed
  4. Appalachian Vintner
  5. Asheville Breweries on AskAsheville
  6. Asheville Breweries on ExploreAsheville

Where To Drink Wine

  1. Battery Park Book Exchange
  2. Vaso De Vino (they have a secret open loft area)
  3. 5 Walnut (& dance here too!)

What Else To Do

  1. Check out Hendersonville North Carolina
  2. Visit the Waterfalls in Brevard North Carolina & go on a Food Tour too!

Have lots of fun, and tag AskAsheville on Facebook with photos and posts about your adventures!

English Honor Students Find Books and Chocolate and Home in Asheville

Gardner Webb Students Tour AshevilleI am an English professor at Gardner-Webb University and for the past four years, I’ve taken students who are joining our chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the international English honor society, on a trip to Asheville for induction. Usually a handful of students are familiar with Asheville having grown up nearby or visited frequently, but most are relative AVL newbies.

We head out from campus in a big university van and drive into the mountains. After finding a place to park the huge van and breathing in the patchouli-scented air, we make our way to Doc Chey’s for lunch. The Sigma Tau chapter pays for lunch so college students get a double treat – a free lunch with leftovers they can eat for days.

As we leave Doc Chey’s, we write our “Before I die” wishes on the sidewalk chalkboard then we head to Malaprop’s for induction.

For English majors, Malaprop’s is mecca. The smell of coffee and books, the signed copies and staff picks, the shelves devoted to Banned Books and to Neil Gaiman. For me, the beautiful wonder is that a local, independent bookstore is always full of people, that we have to work to find an empty corner, that we have to stand in line to buy our books.

We line up in the Local Authors corner (near Ron Rash, GWU alum) and recite the Sigma Tau Delta pledge. The initiates receive their pins and certificates. The seniors are given their graduation cords, and we all cry a bit. One year, a playwright working at the table nearby took part in our ceremony and we gave her a bookmark as an honorary certificate of membership.

After the induction ceremony, the students wander around downtown as they please for a couple of hours before we meet at French Broad Chocolate Lounge. They have adventures, meet interesting people. One year a few of us found a box of free books on the sidewalk – a baited field for English majors.

We sip and eat wonderful chocolate and pastries at the Chocolate Lounge. The students love the emphasis on local foods, on recycling at every store and eatery. We share our excitement over purchases – usually books – then head back to the van for the trip home.

Every year, I ask if they want to do something different for the induction ceremony. And every year, they say, “NO! We want to go to Asheville!” For people who often think and act differently than their peers, Asheville is like going home.

Shea Stuart

10 Asheville Breweries – Beer Tour Map

10 Asheville Breweries To Visit by AskAsheville.com

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Highland Brewing Company: 35.571062, -82.498190
Green Man Brewing: 35.588727, -82.553015
Hi-Wire Brewing - Big Top: 35.571010, -82.546052
Lexington Avenue Brewery: 35.596120, -82.553419
Wicked Weed Brewing: 35.591695, -82.551084
Bhramari Brewhouse: 35.591396, -82.551988
Burial Beer Co: 35.588049, -82.553796
Asheville Brewing Company: 35.591719, -82.555308
Oyster House Brewing Company: 35.578984, -82.588865
Wedge Brewing Co: 35.586144, -82.566320
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Highland Brewing Company
Highland Brewing company is the first craft brewery of Asheville North Carolina
12 Old Charlotte Hwy, Asheville, NC 28803
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Green Man Brewing
Green Man Brewery in Asheville North Carolina is one of Asheville's original breweries
27 Buxton Ave, Asheville, NC 28801
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Hi-Wire Brewing - Big Top
Hi-Wire Brewing has a new location near Biltmore Village that is definitely worth a visit.
2A Huntsman Pl, Asheville, NC 28803
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Lexington Avenue Brewery
Lexington Avenue Brewery is has several brews on tap as well as lots of food
39 N Lexington Ave, Asheville, NC 28801
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Wicked Weed Brewing
Wicked Weed Brewing came on the scene and has grown tremendously with their craft beer
91 Biltmore Ave, Asheville, NC 28801
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Bhramari Brewhouse
Bhramari Brewhouse is one of Asheville's newest breweries offering great food and an outdoor patio
101 S Lexington Ave, Asheville, NC 28801
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Burial Beer Co
Burial Beer Co. has been around for a few years now and continues to brew some incredible batches of beer
40 Collier Ave, Asheville, NC 28801
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Asheville Brewing Company
Asheville Brewing Company started as a pizza joint, expanded to become a brewery, and offers some great beer choices
77 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC 28801
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Oyster House Brewing Company
Oyster House Brewing Company is a little spot in West Asheville that you should check out if you are on that end of town
625 Haywood Rd, Asheville, NC 28806
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Wedge Brewing Co
Wedge Brewing Company is located in the River Arts District and is a must-visit in town
37 Paynes Way, Asheville, NC 28801

There is a lot of craft beer all around Asheville and Western North Carolina, but if you cannot drink them all, here are 10 breweries that you should definitely pay a visit to:

  1. Highland Brewing
  2. Wedge Brewing Co.
  3. Green Man Brewery
  4. Asheville Brewing
  5. Hi-Wire Brewery
  6. Burial Beer
  7. Oyster House Brewing
  8. Bhramari Brewhouse
  9. Lexington Avenue Brewery
  10. Wicked Weed Brewing

See the map above for a full list of coordinates and directions to guide you to each of these great Asheville Beer places.

Also LIKE the Asheville Beer Community page on Facebook!

And See the Asheville Brewery page on AskAsheville!

8 Downtown Asheville Stops You Must See

There are a lot of things to do in Downtown Asheville. From one street to another, you are surrounded by new scenes, architecture, places to eat, breweries, shopping, and some great photography opportunities.

Flat Iron Building & Wall Street Asheville

The Flat Iron Building in Downtown Asheville is a gorgeous piece of architecture, and surrounded by plenty of shopping and restaurants including Chai Pani and World Cafe up on the right side of the building; plus Early Girl Eatery, Market Place Restaurant, Cucina 24, Laughing Seed Cafe, and MG Road to the left down Wall Street.

Basilica of St. Lawrence

The Basilica of St. Lawrence is a beautiful cathedral in Downtown Asheville. The US Cellular Center is to the right, which hosts many grand events throughout the year.

Asheville City Building

The Asheville City Building was designed by Architect Douglas D. Ellington, who also designed the S & W Cafeteria, Asheville High School, and First Baptist Church.

Pritchard Park Downtown Asheville

Pritchard Park is best known for the Drum Circle it hosts every Friday night from Spring through Fall. Plenty to do all around here including eating at Tupelo Honey Cafe, Jerusalem Garden Cafe, Mayfel’s, Red Ginger Dimsum, Kathmandu Cafe, and Jack of the Wood.

Pack Square Asheville NC

Pack Square in Downtown Asheville is the center of the Universe. During warmer months, you will many times see local protests happening in this spot. You can see Asheville’s first skyscraper, the Jackson Building, to the right; along with the French Broad Chocolate Lounge colored in light blue. If you were standing in this spot, all you would have to do is turn around to experience some fantastic restaurants including Posana, Noodle Shop, Salsa’s, Bomba, Rhubarb, and Curate. If you turn to your right here and walk down the street, you will see Limones to the left on Eagle Street; plus Barley’s Taproom & Pizzeria, Chestnut, The Blackbird, and Doc Chey’s straight down Biltmore. You can also find the Double Decker Coffee Bus across from Barley’s.

S & W Cafeteria Building Asheville

The S & W Cafeteria Building is an architectural delight. A fine building used as an event venue right across the street from the Drum Circle in Downtown Asheville.

Asheville's Flat Iron

When you hit Wall Street in Downtown Asheville, don’t forget to stop by the Flat Iron itself. You will many times catch a busker or two here performing, as well as lots of other street entertainment. Some call it Asheville’s free circus. It’s good to have a few bucks on hand to tip all of these great performers.

Grove Arcade Downtown Asheville

The Grove Arcade in Downtown Asheville was built by E.W. Grove, the same man who built the Grove Park Inn. He wanted to liven up the downtown area, and it happened, until the Federal Government took it over during World War II. Asheville took it back over about 20 years ago, and it is now home to the famed Battery Park Book Exchange & Wine Bar as well as restaurants like Modesto, Carmel’s, Chorizo; plus a tasty bakery called True Confections. They also have an outdoor market with lots of vendors when the weather permits.

Luckily, Downtown Asheville has so much to offer. Get out there and experience it!

Special thanks to Ashley Susan Photography for these photos!

Asheville on $10.00 a Day

Asheville on $10 a Day

Asheville and its surrounding mountainous border has much to see and enjoy. But what if you only have $10.00 in your pocket to “enjoy” the sights, sounds, smells, and secret treasures? How would you spend $10.00 during one fun-filled afternoon? That’s the question we posed to local residents on a particularly snowy winter afternoon. Their responses varied, but seemed to fall into two major categories: (1)Eating and Drinking; and (2)Outdoor Fun. Let’s explore some of their responses.

• Leslie: “Visit the Farmers Market and follow with lunch at the Moose Cafe
• Karen: “Walk through downtown, making sure to stop at the drum circle. Follow this experience with a cold, local craft brew.”
• Carol: “Drive to Mt. Mitchell, take a hike, stop by the Folk Art Center, and grab a snack on the way home.”
• Pam: “Complete a walking tour of the downtown Asheville area followed by a taco from White Duck Taco on Broadway.”
• Abby: “Grab lunch or dinner at the Green Sage Cafe.”
• Bonnie: “Visit the North Carolina Arboretum ($5.00 parking) and take along a picnic lunch.”
• Kitty: “Rent a bike and explore local sites.”
• Rachel: “Eat brunch at Sunny Point Cafe and select the ‘build your own omelet’ option, starting at $8.00.”

North Carolina Arboretum

Based on these responses, it’s safe to assume that Asheville has fantastic restaurants with reasonable lunch or dinner rates, and lots of outdoor activities to fill an entire day. From hiking and biking to brunch and brews, the area attracts visitors because of its diverse menu of enjoyable activities. Additionally, many of the activities detailed by our residents include “free stuff.” It doesn’t cost a dime to hike the parkway, roam through downtown Asheville’s art deco buildings, or enjoy an outdoor drum circle event.

But no list of Asheville activities is complete without a visit to the bookstores, even if you’re just browsing. Trust me, this nerdy, teetotaler blogger could spend days just roaming through Asheville’s bookstores with a cold lemonade in one hand and a European pastry from Old Europe in the other. From Mr. K’s Used Books, Music, and More and the faith focused Lifeway store to Malaprop’s Bookstore & Cafe and Battery Park Book Exchange & Champagne Bar, you’ll find enough books, digital texts, and magazines to last you for years.

To continue researching other Asheville options, check out the rest of the AskAsheville site. Most importantly, have fun exploring this vibrant city and its surrounding beauty, with as little as $10.00 in your pocket!

Blog Post by Lori Brown